With Texas A&M notifying the Big 12 on Wednesday of its desire to join another league, the focus turned to Provo, Utah, home of Brigham Young.
Jay Drew of the Salt Lake Tribune reported late Wednesday that BYU officials have had discussions with Big 12 officials within the past week about joining the league. The talks have included ESPN and there has been input from Notre Dame representatives. BYU, which left the Mountain West to become a football independent, has an eight-year deal with ESPN and a six-game series scheduled with the Fighting Irish.
Some of the discussions, according to the report, involve BYU joining the Big 12 for football only. The rest of the school's teams would compete in the West Coast Conference, an arrangement that was agreed to when the Cougars left the Mountain West. Latter-day Saints officials are said to be hesitant about breaking their new relationship with the WCC.
Cougar fans were also tracking a private jet on Wednesday that left from an airfield near Big 12 headquarters north of Dallas. The aircraft landed in Provo, but a Big 12 spokesperson told the Tribune that he was "not aware" of any Big 12 officials on the private jet.
As for Texas A&M, its move to the Southeastern Conference is expected to be made official next week. The Aggies are hoping to play football in the SEC next season.